Albany, on the south coast of Western Australia, is not a place I usually visit as a tourist – my mother’s side of the family come from around there and my uncle still fishes there.
But this is not my uncle, and I was a tourist at the time, in a sense – I took this photo when I visited Australia in between working in Japan and Slovakia, and it’s certainly true that after two years in Japan, my perspective of Australia had changed dramatically. (It changed even more when I spent another three and a half years away … cue reverse culture shock!).
If you look south from Albany, you’re basically looking towards Antarctica, and sometimes it feels like you’re a lot closer than you actually are! It’s beautiful in summer, but in winter it can be very chilly, the seas can be rough, and there are certainly areas where fishing from the rocks is a pretty big risk to take. But this fishing scene was in early summer and despite the clouds it was still a partly sunny day. I wonder if they caught anything?